Earlier on Tuesday, the lift station of Chamonix’s famous Grands Montets cable car caught fire according to local news sources. Images show clouds of smoke billowing from atop the mountain, with helicopters dropping water in an attempt to put out the fire and a team of firefighters on the mountain. Luckily, nobody was injured in the blaze, but over 5000 square feet of the building, including lift machinery and the restaurant were burned. The lift cable melted, severely damaging the gondola cabins.
This is the second lift-related incident in the Chamonix valley this year, after the Aiguille du Midi cable car was forced to shut down in July when a defect was found in the cable. This came much to the chagrin of local skiers and climbers, who routinely use the cable car for quick access to big mountain lines high in the alpine.
More video of today’s Grand Montets fire:
A man was killed in an avalanche on Monday in Grand Teton National Park on the north side of 25 Short. National Park Rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue officials were called to the avalanche which occurred in the Broken Thumb Couloir. Avalanche danger was reported as Considerable, with concern about persistent slabs and wind slabs. The victim was identified as Matthew Brien, a 33-year-old local snowboarder. This is the third avalanche death in the Tetons in the last seven days,
Yosemite’s Half Dome is not a ski line. Of course, it’s better known as a rock-climbing destination high above the floor of Yosemite Valley. That didn’t stop two locals (Jason Torlano and Zack Milligan) from chasing their dream of becoming the first to link turns from the summit all the way to the valley floor. Torlano and Milligan did just that earlier this week when they took advantage of ephemeral conditions to ski off the summit of Half Dome. Conditions consisted of half an inch of névé
For the better part of 2021, ski patrollers at several large ski resorts in the Western US have made headlines as they negotiate their contracts to reflect the dedication they put into their jobs. For those of us that ski at a resort regularly, or even have at all in our lifetimes, we know that ski patrol is an essential part of not just staying safe, but also having a good time on the mountain. This season especially, it’s felt like ski patrollers could use a little extra love as they’ve